Chokgyur Lingpa

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Chokgyur Lingpa. Click on image to enlarge. Image credit: himalayanart.org

b.1829 – d.1870

Incarnations: Neten Chokling གནས་བརྟན་མཆོག་གླིང།; Tsike Chokling རྩི་ཀེ་མཆོག་གླིང།
Tradition: Nyingma རྙིང་མ།
Historical Period: 19th Century ༡༩ དུས་རབས།
Institution: Katok ཀཿ་ཐོག།; Mindroling སྨིན་གྲོལ་གླིང།; Dorje Drak རྡོ་རྗེ་བྲག།; Dzogchen Monastery རྫོགས་ཆེན་དགོན།; Neten Monastery གནས་བརྟན་དགོན།; Tsike རྩི་ཀེ།; Drigung Til འབྲི་གུང་མཐིལ།; Tsurpu Monastery མཚུར་ཕུ།; Samye བསམ་ཡས།; Dzongsar རྫོང་སར།; Karma Gon ཨརྨ་དགོན།; Pelme Tekchen Evam Gatsel Ling དཔལ་མེ་ཐེག་ཆེན་ཨེ་བཾ་དགའ་ཚལ་གླིང།; Nangchen Gar ནང་ཆེན་གར།; Pelpung དཔལ་སྤུངས།; Tsadra Rinchen Drak ཙཱ་འདྲ་རིན་ཆེན་བྲག།; Dzongsho རྫོང་ཤོད།; Rongme Karmo Taktsang རོང་མེ་དཀར་མོ་སྟག་ཚང།; Namchen Drakkar གནམ་ཆེན་བྲག་དཀར།; Pema Shelpuk པདྨ་ཤེལ་ཕུག།
Clan: Kyasu སྐྱ་སུ།
Vocation: Treasure Revealers གཏེར་སྟོན།
Name Variants: Chokgyur Dechen Zhikpo Lingpa མཆོག་གྱུར་བདེ་ཆེན་ཞིག་པོ་གླིང་པ།; Kyasu Terton སྐྱ་སུ་གཏེར་སྟོན།; Orgyen Chokgyur Dechen Zhikpo Lingpa ཨོ་རྒྱན་མཆོག་གྱུར་བདེ་ཆེན་ཞིག་པོ་གླིང་པ།

Chokgyur Lingpa (mchog gyur gling pa) was born at the base of the sacred mountain Namkhadzod (nam mkha’ mdzod) in Nangchen (nang chen) on the tenth day of either the sixth or the tenth month of the female earth ox year (August 9 or November 5, 1829). His father was a “mad mantrika” named Pema Wangchuk (padma dbang phyug) and his mother was a “straightforward woman” named Tsering Yangtso (tshe ring g.yang mtsho). His father was reputed to have been related to a minister in the Nangchen court named Acak Dru (a lcags ‘gru), the source, perhaps, of the claim that Chokgyur Lingpa was related to minor Nangchen royalty. The clan name was Kyasu (skya su). Kunzang Choktrul (kun bzang mchog spru, d.u.), the incarnation of the treasure revealer Mingyur Dorje (mi ‘gyur rdo rje, 1645-1667), gave the boy a name that is recorded as either Konchok Tendzin (dkon mchog bstan ‘dzin) or Norbu Tendzin (nor bu bstan ‘dzin) (konchok and norbu being near synonyms).

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Pelme Tekchen Evam Gatsel Ling is a Drigung Kagyu monastery in Nangchen, Kham. It was founded in 1640. Photo sourced from Treasury of Lives.

By Chokgyur Lingpa’s own account he received numerous teachings and met several lamas in his youth. He entered the Drigung Kagyu monastery Pelme Tekchen Evam Gatsel Ling (dpal me theg chen e vaM dga’ tshal gling) in Nangchen as a novice, and was given monk’s vows from the Eighth Pawo Tsulak Trengwa, Chokyi Gyelpo (dpa’ bo gtsug lag ‘phreng ba 08 chos kyi rgyal po, d.u.). At some point he transferred to the Drukpa Kagyu monastery at the capital, Nangchen Gar (nang chen gar), a move that has been explained as being in response to a local law stipulating that each family send one son to the royal monastery.

Chokgyur Lingpa’s early treasure revelations are recorded in multiple ambiguous and confused narratives. He himself wrote that before his thirteenth birthday he was visited by a vision of Padmasambhava, and that this was followed by “many unwanted and confusing apparitions,” some of them reportedly unintelligible, others apparently clear signs that he would reveal treasure. After he announced publicly that he would extract treasure from Namkhadzod, one of his early teachers, Ngedzin Pusiri (gnas ‘dzin pu si ri, d.u.) at Pelme monastery, specifically forbade him from doing so. Nevertheless, the first four of his treasure revelations date to this period, including one of his most successful, the Barche Kunsel (bar chad kun sel), said to have been revealed in October 1848 from Danyin Khala Rongo (zla nyin kha la rong sgo), when Chokgyur Lingpa was only nineteen years old.

Biographies of Chokgyur Lingpa report that his colleagues in Nangchen scorned him, rejecting his claims to be a treasure revealer, and in his autobiography he expresses considerable frustration at this inability to gain acceptance. The nickname by which he was known during this period, Kyasu Terton (skya su gter ston), might be rendered in English as “the so-called treasure revealer of the Kyasu clan.” Ultimately, when he was twenty-five Chokgyur Lingpa left Nangchen for Derge, in search of patrons who might legitimize his treasure-revealing status.

The biographies have it that Chokgyur Lingpa was expelled from his monastery, ostensibly for making mistakes during a ritual dance. But if he was in fact expelled, it is likely that it was due to his assertions that he was a treasure revealer, which possibly included his having taken a consort. Although this is nowhere explicit in the biographies, there is sufficient reason to believe that Chokgyur Lingpa began his relationship with his main consort, Dekyi Chodron (bde skyid chos sgron, c.1832-1887), who sources also name Dega Dechen Chodren (bde dga’ bde chen chos sgron), before he left Nangchen in 1853.

Little is known about Dekyi Chodron save that she was from Nangchen, the sister of Chokgyur Lingpa’s disciple, the treasure revealer Barwei Dorje (‘bar ba’i rdo rje, 1836-1920) and that she was the mother of two of Chokgyur Lingpa’s three children. The first child was his eldest son Wangchuk Dorje (dbang phyug rdo rje, d.u.), also known as Tsewang Drakpa (tshe dbang grags pa), who died at the age of twenty-four or twenty-seven sometime prior to 1892. The second of her children was Chokgyur Lingpa’s daughter Konchok Peldron (dkon mchog dpal sgron, d.u.), who lived to the age of seventy. Chokgyur Lingpa’s second son, Kunzang Jigme Tsewang Norbu (kun bzang ‘jigs med tshe dbang nor bu) was born to a niece of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo (‘jam dbyangs mkhyen brtse’i dbang po, 1820-1892), in 1856. Thus Chokgyur Lingpa must have begun his relationship with Dekyi Chodron at least by the beginning of 1855 in order for her son to have been born before Chokgyur Lingpa’s second son. Because Chokgyur Lingpa was in Derge from 1853 to 1856, it is probable that Dekyi Chodron had gone with Chokgyur Lingpa when he left Nangchen for Derge, and that they had already begun their relationship.

An ambitious twenty-five-year-old in search of religious authorization in eighteenth-century Khams, Chokgyur Lingpa would easily have been drawn to Derge, the largest and most vibrant religious and political region in Khams. He went first to the great Kagyu monastery of Pelpung (dpal spungs), and was able to secure an audience with the Ninth Tai Situ, Pema Nyinche Wangpo (ta’i si tu 09 padma nyin byed dbang po, 1774-1853) in early 1853.

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Statue of King Trisong Detsen at Samye Monastery, Tibet. Photo: Erik Törner, flickr.com/IMsbildarkiv. Click on image to enlarge.

It would appear that Chokgyur Lingpa gained entrance by means of a treasure prophecy he presented to Tai Situ that, in effect, proclaimed that their meeting was predetermined. The prophesy Chokgyur Lingpa offered also contains perhaps the earliest claim that he was the reincarnation of Lhase Muruk Tsenpo (lha sras mu rug btsan po), a personage who was invented by later Tibetan histories as a son of the Tibetan emperor Tri Songdetsen (khri srong lde’u btsan, 742-796). This identification became standard to his hagiography.

Tai Situ declined to authenticate Chokgyur Lingpa’s treasures, but he did introduce him to Jamgon Kongtrul (‘jam mgon kong sprul, 1813-1899) and Dabzang Tulku Ngedon Tenpa Rabgye (zla bzang sprul sku nges don bstan pa rab rgyas, 1808-1864). Although neither Dabzang Tulku nor Jamgon Kongtrul affirmed Chokgyur Lingpa at that time, both later became important collaborators. At Pelpung in July 1853 both lamas gave him important vows, and so have come to be listed as Chokgyur Lingpa’s second and third master: Dabzang Tulku gave Chokgyur Lingpa the bodhisattva vow, and ‘Jam mgon Kong sprul gave him tantric vows.

Having failed to obtain authorization at Pelpung, Chokgyur Lingpa left at the beginning of 1854. He initially followed in Jamgon Kongtrul’s footsteps, arriving at Dagam Wangpuk (zla gam dbang phug), a cave in the Terlung (gter klung) Valley where Jamgon Kongtrul was practicing, and which is likely the treasure site also known as Namchen Drakkar (gnam chen brag dkar). Chokgyur Lingpa assisted in the cave’s consecration, and he recorded receiving his sole pure vision revelation, the Bima Lhadrub (bima lha sgrub), at that time.

Over the next two years, as Chokgyur Lingpa traversed the region between Derge and the Terlung Valley, he repeatedly came into contact with Khyentse Wangpo, meeting him three times at his monastery, Dzongsar (rdzong sar), between October 1853 and November 1855. Although the details are fairly confused, it is clear that Khyentse Wangpo ultimately embraced Chokgyur Lingpa as a close collaborator.

At the first encounter he gave Chokgyur Lingpa an empowerment from the Purba Yangsang Putri (phur pa yang gsang spu gri). It is not clear whether this meeting was in fact a personal audience or was part of a public empowerment. Either way, Chokgyur Lingpa’s first private meeting with Khyentse Wangpo was facilitated by Jamgon Kongtrul, who had dispatched Chokgyur Lingpa to the area to perform rituals for a patron. In a curious letter of introduction to Khyentse Wangpo that is preserved in several sources, Jamgon Kongtrul wrote that while the would-be treasure revealer had presented what he claimed were his revelations, he was leaving the matter of their authenticity to Khyentse Wangpo to decide.

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Jamgon Kongtrul. Click to view the full thangka. Image credit: himalayanart.org

Roughly a year later, in the beginning of 1855, Chokgyur Lingpa stayed with Khyentse Wangpo for a month, receiving further empowerments and teachings. Khyentse Wangpo recorded experiencing visions while performing the empowerments, notably of the Dzogchen protector Ekajati, who predicted that the two would soon reveal their mutual treasure, the Dzogchen De Sum (rdzogs chen sde gsum). A third meeting occurred in late 1855; Khyentse Wangpo reported that during an empowerment ceremony at that time he loosened the knots in Chokgyur Lingpa’s subtle body and bestowed on him his treasure name: Orgyen Drodul Chokgyur Dechen Zhikpo Lingpa (o rgyan ‘gro ‘dul mchog gyur bde chen zhig po gling pa).

In 1856 Chokgyur Lingpa returned to Nangchen, stopping over at Pelpung to visit with Jamgon Kongtrul. There he cured Jamgon Kongtrul of an eye disease that Chokgyur Lingpa linked to Jamgon Kongtrul’s previous incarnation of the imperial era translator Vimalamitra, an identification Chokgyur Lingpa might have been the first to assert. Dabzang Tulku accompanied Chokgyur Lingpa from there, acting as a sponsor when he reached the famous Kagyu monastery Karma Gon (karma dgon) and encountered the Fourteenth Karmapa, Tekchog Dorje (karma pa 14 theg mchog rdo rje, c.1798-c.1868). Over the course of the fire dragon year (early February 1856 to late February 1857) Chokgyur Lingpa visited three sites he would become closely linked to: Okmin Karma (‘og min karma) above Karma Gon; Namkhadzod in his home valley, near where he would later found Neten (gnas brtan) monastery; and Danyin Khala Rongo in the upper Dzachu (rdza chu) Valley, revealing treasure in the presence of witnesses at each site, including the Karmapa. These were the main treasure and supplementary material for the Zabpa Kor Dun (zab pa skor bdun), and additional revelations related to the Barche Kunsel, which are listed as caskets six, seven, and eight in Khyentse Wangpo’s enumeration.

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Pelpung is a major Karma Kagyu monastery in Derge, Kham. It was established in 1727 by the Eighth Tai Situ, Chokyi Jungne, on the site of an earlier Drigung Kagyu monastery. Photo sourced from Treasury of Lives. Click on image to enlarge.

By the eleventh month of the fire dragon year, or January 1857, Chokgyur Lingpa was back in Dzongsar with Khyentse Wangpo. Over the next years the two of them together composed liturgies for the treasure cycles they had each revealed over the previous ten years, with Jamgon Kongtrul occasionally acting as scribe. In January 1857, the two opened a cave site that was to be Khyentse Wangpo’s main hermitage, Pema Shelpuk (padma shel phug). Although this was not the first time Chokgyur Lingpa was involved in a site consecration, it was his first “public revelation” (khrom gter), meaning that large crowds had gathered to witness, and it was the first for which he served in the official capacity of the treasure revealer – the man who produced the physical proof of Padmasambhava’s presence and thereby confirmed the sacred nature of the site. In that position Chokgyur Lingpa extracted two treasures, including the Dzogchen De Sum (rdzogs chen sde gsum) which had been foretold by the deity Ekajati two years earlier and was a revelation shared by Khyentse Wangpo.

From Dzongsar Chokgyur Lingpa next traveled to Pelpung to assist with the consecration of Jamgon Kongtrul’s hermitage, Tsadra Rinchen Drak (tsa ‘dra rin chen brag), in February 1857. His welcome there was in sharp contrast to his first arrival at Pelpung nearly five years earlier, which went virtually unnoticed and was followed by a series of disappointing rejections. Now, conches were blown, banners were hung, and flowers fell from the sky. As Jamgon Kongtrul recorded in his own autobiography, Chokgyur Lingpa gave him numerous empowerments from his treasure texts, a clear sign that Jamgon Kongtrul now viewed him as an authentic treasure revealer. This transition of status is marked by Jamgon Kongtrul’s use of language in his autobiography; prior to this event, Jamgon Kongtrul referred to Chokgyur Lingpa only as “Kyasu Terton,” indicating his hesitancy to affirm Chokgyur Lingpa’s authenticity.

As part of the process of consecrating Tsadra Chokgyur Lingpa announced that the place was one of twenty-five great sites in Khams, and he immediately walked up-valley to a site called Pawo Pukgi Wangchen Drak (dpa’ po phug gi dbang chen brag) to reveal a list of great sites in Khams. This was a treasure text titled “A Brief Inventory of the Great Sites of Tibet Composed by Padmasambhava, the Wise One of Oddiyana.” Item number twenty-three on the list of sites is Tsandra Rinchen Drak, the “mind-aspect of the Buddha attribute.” During the revelation of this, his eleventh treasure casket according to Khyentse Wangpo’s list, Chokgyur Lingpa also discussed with Padmasambhava whether Jamgon Kongtrul’s selections for the Rinchen Terdzod (rin chen gter mdzod) were appropriate or not (they were). When he returned, Chokgyur Lingpa and Jamgon Kongtrul completed the site’s consecration with the help of Khyentse Wangpo, who was on his way to Derge.

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Thangka of Chokgyur Lingpa (at the centre) accompanied by his hand and foot prints. Click on image to enlarge. Image credit: himalayanart.org

Chokgyur Lingpa joined Khyentse Wangpo and the two traveled together to the capital city to perform a medical sadhana, presumably for the royal family. They also opened a sacred site there, Dri Nyendong (‘bri gnyan sdong). This site is included as the site of the body-aspect of the buddha attributes on the recently revealed list of great sites. It is a small mountain that is visible from the royal palace, and is considered a protector of the kingdom. As part of its consecration Chokgyur Lingpa revealed a treasure, casket number twelve on Jamyang Khyentse’s list. Jamgon Kongtrul may or may not have been with them in Derge, but he did join them for the next site consecration of what appears to be a tour of great sites on the list. This was the activities-aspect of the buddha attributes, Sengchen Namdrag (seng chen gnam brag), which they consecrated with feast offerings, smoke purifications, and further treasure revelations, Chokgyur Lingpa’s thirteenth through seventeenth caskets, including texts, medicine, and relics. For at least some of the revelations the young King of Derge, Pelden Chime Tagpei Dorje (dpal ldan ‘chi med rtag pa’i rdo rje, 1840-1898?), joined the party as a witness.

Chokgyur Lingpa left Derge soon after the above revelations, traveling to nomadic regions across the Drichu (‘dri chu) from Derge and from there up to Nangchen, where he stayed at Okmin Karma for some time. He revealed several treasure caskets along the way and many during his stay in Nangchen, casket numbers eighteen through twenty-four; some of these were in the presence of the Fourteenth Karmapa. It was possibly during this extended stay that he established the first of his monastic seats, Tsike (rtsi ke), the seat of the Tsike, or Kela Chokgyur Lingpa line of incarnations. The monastery, located near Menda (sman mda’), in Chamdo (chab mdo) county, Tibet, derives its name from its location at the confluence of the Tsi (rtsi) and Ke rivers. The monastery later also became the main residence of Terse Tulku (gter sras sprul sku), the reincarnation line of Chokgyur Lingpa’s second son, Wangchuk Dorje.

In 1859 Chokgyur Lingpa was back in Derge, staying at Pelpung with Jamgon Kongtrul and Khyentse Wangpo. The early 1860s was a period of great activity by the famous triumvirate, still known today as the “Khyen Kong Chog De Sum (mkhyen kong mchog sde gsum)” The three worked together to reveal, decipher, and record treasure, and they traveled throughout the Derge kingdom in the service of the royal family, performing rituals to pacify and empower the landscape. At the beginning of the decade Chokgyur Lingpa and Khyentse Wangpo went together to the capital, where they were welcomed in a manner befitting state chaplains. Joined by Jamgon Kongtrul there, they spent several days performing pacification rites and empowerments for the benefit of the kingdom, including the Nyingma Kama Minche (rnying ma bka’ ma smin byed) in addition to their own treasure cycles.

The three continued their service to the royal family the next year, with the declaration from Chokgyur Lingpa that a new monastery should be built in Tro Mandala (khro maNDala), a narrow valley between Derge city and the Trola (khro la) pass. According to the biographies, the three lamas performed a number of rituals at Tro Mandala, largely concerning the subjugation of the local deity.

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Padmasambhava. Click to see the full painting of Padmasambhava surrounded by his consorts Yeshe Tsogyel and Mandarava. Image credit: Treasury of Lives.

Returning to the capital, Chokgyur Lingpa outlined his plans for building the temple to the Queen — probably Choying Zangmo (chos dbying bzang mo, 1815-1892), the widow of Damtsik Dorje (dam tshig rdo rje, 1811-1852) — and offered her a statue of Padmasambhava. The temple, Chokgyur Lingpa argued, was needed to prevent the onslaught of Gonpo Namgyel (mgon po rnam rgyal), the warlord from Nyarong (nyag rong) who was currently building his armies and expanding his territories. Unfortunately, the monks at the royal monastery, Lhundrub Teng (lhun grub theng) and the Derge steward, Tashi Gyatso (bkra shis rgya mtsho), refused the request, reportedly due to an unwillingness to allow the government to sponsor a new non-Sakya institution. Although there is currently a monastery at the site, it dates to the twelfth century, and was converted from Bon to Sakya in the 1880s; it would seem the three were not successful in building the new temple.

The three lamas returned to Pelpung to continue the building of Kongtrul hermitage. It was at this time that Chokgyur Lingpa revealed his gazetteer for the site, casket number twenty-four on Khyentse Wangpo’s list of his treasures. He also prophesized that a temple should be constructed there and he instituted a yearly vase ritual at the main monastery for its benefit. They were joined there by the Fourteenth Karmapa.

Following several more trips around the kingdom, Chokgyur Lingpa returned to Nangchen where he remained for the next three years, mostly in retreat at Okmin Karma. In 1864 he went over to Neten Gang (gnas brtan sgang) and Yegyel Namkhadzod (ye rgyal nam mkha’ mdzod). He extracted treasure (caskets twenty-six through twenty-nine) and performed various rites to consecrate the places, including feast offerings and purifications.

By early 1866 Chokgyur Lingpa was back in Derge where he resumed his peregrinations, giving treasure empowerments and consecrating local sacred sites on both sides of the Drichu River. He visited Pelpung and the capital during the summer. In the capital, which had recently suffered a long siege during the Nyagrong war, he joined Jamgon Kongtrul and Khyentse Wangpo in offering empowerments to the King and his ministers and to the general public, and they reconsecrated the Derge printing house, which had been desecrated by Gonpo Namgyel during his occupation of the town.

In November of 1866 Chokgyur Lingpa and Khyentse Wangpo spent roughly two weeks consecrating a site called Rongme Chime Karmo Taktsang (rong me ’chi med dkar mo stag tshang), a cliff site in the valley directly to the east of Dzongsar. (The site is currently the long-term retreat hermitage for the Dzongsar monastic college.) The route to the site was a great circumambulation starting at the monastery and passing Pema Shelpug, where the two performed public rituals before proceeding on across a high pass and down into the Rongme (rong med) valley. According to a narrative of the event preserved both on the back of a painting and also in Chokgyur Lingpa’s autobiography, they arrived on November second with a host of attending monks. Their party gradually grew to include an audience of local farmers and herders and ultimately the King of Derge and his retinue.

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Pema Shelpuk, a hermitage and treasure site opened by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and Chokyur Lingpa was destroyed in 1959 but has since been subsequently restored. Image credit: Treasury of Lives.

The cave site is on the south-facing cliff between a high summer pasture and a long narrow forested valley. On the first few days they performed smoke offerings and oblations, and they surveyed the site, identifying a main meditation cave, a Guru cave, and a Yeshe Tsogyel cave. To access the caves, little more than slight indentations in the steep cliff-face, required ropes and ladders hewn from juniper trees. With a growing audience below, they used fire and axes to hack into the rock and enact the extraction of treasure objects. The Derge King arrived on November twelfth, and Jamgon Kongtrul came the following day and assisted them in their feast offerings and other public rituals. In the evening of the November sixteenth the entire party stayed awake into the night singing and dancing, and the royal family was shown the caves. The following day Chokgyur Lingpa revealed further treasure, which he displayed to the crowd, and gave a public empowerment ceremony.

On the 18th of November, 1866, the party, possibly including the King, went up the valley to a lake named Senggu Yumtso (seng rgod g.yu mtsho), the “Wild Lion Turquoise Lake,” almost 15,600 feet above sea level. In an often-repeated story of the days spent there, Khyentse Wangpo and Chokgyur Lingpa did battle with a naga, forcing it to relinquish the treasure it guarded. Chokgyur Lingpa reported that he used a net made out of his robe to recover it, while other accounts have it that he failed in this endeavor, only retrieving the treasure box after Khyentse Wangpo had subjugated the naga, but not before Chokgyur Lingpa broke his rosary, scattering the beads all over the shore. Khyentse Wangpo enumerated the revelations at Rongme as caskets number thirty through thirty-two.

Khyentse Wangpo, and Jamgon Kongtrul then continued their activity together, with a retreat in Terlung and public empowerments of Chokgyur Lingpa’s treasure cycles. In late January, 1867, the three formally re-enthroned the King of Derge, presumably performing the reinvestiture to restore authority damaged by the Nyarong War, although this remains unclear. According to Jamgon Kongtrul, Chokgyur Lingpa composed an especially beautiful benediction for the ceremony, but the speech does is not preserved in any of the biographical sources. They circumambulated the town along the tops of the valley walls, and successfully performed a tummo practice, melting ice with the heat of their bodies. Chokgyur Lingpa further gave the King empowerments from his treasure cycles.

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Katok is a major Nyingma monastery in Derge that was founded in 1159 by Dampa Deshek. Said to be the oldest Nyingma monastery, it is known for its preservation of the Kama, or Spoken Word, tradition. Image credit: Treasury of Lives.

Following the enthronements rites, the three lamas went to Katok (kaH thog) where they met with that monastery’s leading lamas, including the Second Getse Tulku, Tsewang Rigdzin Gyatso (dge rtse sprul sku 02 tshe dbang rig ‘dzin rgya mtsho, c.1830-c.1885), the Moktsa (rmog rtsa) and Zhingkyong (zhing skyong) Tulkus. Conflict arose around the seating arrangements, leading Jamgon Kongtrul to criticize the Katok patriarchs for their pride. Chokgyur Lingpa nevertheless performed consecrations and empowerments, including his Barche Kunsel, and received several transmissions from the monastery’s venerable Nyingma lamas.

In early 1867 Chokgyur Lingpa assisted with the consecration of Kongtrul’s second hermitage, Dzongsho Deshek Dupa Podrang (rdzong shod sde gshegs ‘du pa pho brang), high above the north bank of the Dzing River, which flows into the Drichu at Horpo. It was at this time that Chokgyur Lingpa and Khyentse Wangpo invested Jamgon Kongtrul with his treasure name, Chime Tanyi Yungdrung Lingpa (‘chi med bstan gnyis g.yung drung gling pa) officially authorizing him to reveal treasure. Jamgon Kongtrul later identified Dzongsho as site number twenty, on the list of the great sites of Khams, the attributes-aspect of the buddha attributes. From Dzongsho Chokgyur Lingpa travelled up the Terlung valley and over to Yilhun (yi lhun) and to Dzogchen (rdzogs chen). He met with the Fourth Dzogchen Drubwang, Mingyur Namkhai Dorje (rdzogs chen grub dbang 04 mi ‘gyur nam mkha’i rdo rje, 1793-1870), and where Chokgyur Lingpa revealed treasure, casket number thirty-six, at that monastery’s sacred site, Rudam Gangtro Dewachenpo (ru dam gangs khro bde ba chen po). The site figures as the main site of the buddha-attributes on Chokgyur Lingpa’s list of sacred sites of Kham. Supposedly also included in the casket was a gazetteer for the site.

Soon afterwards Chokgyur Lingpa embarked on a year-long trip to U-Tang. He visited Tsurpu (mtshur phu), Drigung (‘bri gung), and other major Kagyu monasteries, and performed frequent treasure empowerments. He was able to meet the Fourteenth Karmapa at Tsurpu, as well as the Ninth Pawo, Tsuklak Nyinche (dpa’ bo 09 gtsug lag nyin byed, d. 1911) and the Ninth Gyeltsab, Yeshe Zangpo (rgyal tshab 09 ye shes bzang po, 1821-1876). He visited Samye (bsam yas), Dorje Drak (rdo rje brag), and Mindroling (smin grol gling), and then returned to Khams. Back in Nangchen he established Neten, his second monastic seat, at Namkha Dzod. The monastery is the seat of the Neten Chokling line of his incarnations.

Chokgyur Lingpa passed away soon after, in 1870, at Neten, while planning a trip to Bhutan. His body was placed in a reliquary, where it remained until its destruction during the Cultural Revolution.

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Handprints of Chokgyur Lingpa. Image credit: himalayanart.org

 

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Teachers

  • The Fourth Dzogchen Drubwang, Mingyur Namkhai Dorje རྫོགས་ཆེན་གྲུབ་དབང ༠༤ མི་འགྱུར་ནམ་མཁའི་རྡོ་རྗེ། b.1793 – d.1870
  • The Fourteenth Karmapa, Tekchok Dorje ཀརྨ་པ ༡༤ ཐེག་མཆོག་རྡོ་རྗེ། b.1798? – d.1868?

 

Students

  • bkra shis ‘od zer བཀྲ་ཤིས་འོད་ཟེར། b.1836 – d.1910
  • Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo འཇམ་དབྱངས་མཁྱེན་བརྩེའི་དབང་པོ། b.1820 – d.1892
  • Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Taye འཇམ་མགོན་ཀོན་སྤྲུལ་བློ་གྲོས་མཐའ་ཡས། b.1813 – d.1899
  • ngag dbang ‘od zer ངག་དབང་འོད་ཟེར།
  • The Second Lingla, Tubten Nyinje Gyeltsen གླིང་བླ ༠༢ ཐུབ་བསྟན་ཉིན་བྱེད་རྒྱལ་མཚན། b.19th cent. – d.19th cent.
  • pad+ma ‘phrin las snying po པདྨ་འཕྲིན་ལས་སྙིང་པོ།
  • Sonam Gelek བསོད་ནམས་དགེ་ལེགས། b.1817
  • The Fifth Shechen Rabjam, Pema Tekchok Tenpai Gyeltsen ཞེ་ཆེན་རབ་འབྱམས ༠༥ པདྨ་ཐེག་མཆོག་བསྟན་པའི་རྒྱལ་མཚན། b.1864 – d.1909
  • Ayu Khandro Dorje Peldron ཨ་གཡུ་མཁའ་འགྲོ་རྡོ་རྗེ་དཔལ་སྒྲོན། b.1839 – d.1953

 

Subsequent Incarnations

  • mi ‘gyur bde ba’i rdo rje མི་འགྱུར་བདེ་བའི་རྡོ་རྗེ། b.1953
  • The Second Tsike Chokling, Konchok Gyurme རྩི་ཀེ་མཆོག་གླིང ༠༢ དཀོན་མཆོག་འགྱུར་མེད། b.1871 – d.1939
  • The Second Neten Chokling, Ngedon Drubpai Dorje གནས་བརྟན་མཆོག་གླིང ༠༢ ངེས་དོན་གྲུབ་པའི་རྡོ་རྗེ། b.1873 – d.1927
  • The Third Neten Chokling, Pema Gyurme གནས་བརྟན་མཆོག་གླིང ༠༣ པདམ་འགྱུར་མེད། b.1927 – d.1972
  • The Third Tsike Chokling ༠༣ རྩི་ཀེ་མཆོག་གླིང ༠༣། b.1940 – d.1952
  • The Fourth Tsike Chokling ༠༤ རྩི་ཀེ་མཆོག་གླིང ༠༤། b.1953 – d.2010
  • The Fourth Neten Chokling, Gyurme Dorje གནས་བརྟན་མཆོག་གླིང ༠༤ འགྱུར་མེད་རྡོ་རྗེ། b.1973

 

Bibliography

  • Doctor, Andreas. 2005. Tibetan Treasure Literature: Revelation, Tradition, and Accomplishment in Visionary Buddhism. Ithica: Snow Lion.
  • Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche. 1990. The Life and Teachings of Chokgyur Lingpa. Tulku Jigmey Khyentse and Erik Pema Kunsang, trans. Kathmandu: Rangjung Yeshe Publications.
  • Gardner, Alexander. 2006. “The twenty-five great sites of Khams: Religious geography, revelation, and nonsectarianism in ninetheenth-century eastern Tibet.” Ph.D. dissertation, University of Michigan.
  • Anonymous. Gter chen Mchog gyur gling pa’i zab bdun gter mdzod bzhes ba’i tshul lo rgyus ngo tshar lnga ldan. In The Treasury of Revelations and Teachings of Mchog-gyur-bde-chen-glin-pa, Paro, Bhutan: Lama Pema Tashi, 1982-1986, vol. 12, 341-362.
  • Dkon mchog ’gyur med bstan pa’i rgyal mtshan. 1921. Gter chen mchog gyur bde chen gling pa’i rnam thar bkra shis dbyangs kyi yan lag gsal byed. In The Treasury of Revelations and Teachings of Mchog-gyur-bde-chen-glin-pa, Paro, Bhutan: Lama Pema Tashi, 1982-1986, vol. 38, 1-629. Also published as Dkon mchog ’gyur med. 2002. Chokgyur Lingpa rnam thar bkra shis dbyangs bsnyan. Hong Kong: Zhang gang then mi dpe skrun khang. References are made to the Bhutanese edition.
  • Mchog gyur bde chen gling pa. 1865-1867. Sprul pa’i gter ston chen mo’i rnam thar gyi sa bon zhal gsung ma dang gter ’byung ’ga’ zhig bel gtam sna tshogs bcas phyogs bsdom rgyal bstan nyin bye ’og snang bes. In The Treasury of Revelations and Teachings of Mchog-gyur-bde-chen-glin-pa, Paro, Bhutan: Lama Pema Tashi, 1982-1986, vol. 36, 175-230.
  • ‘Jam dbyangs Khyentse Wangpo. Gter chen rnam thar las ’phros pa’i dris lan bkra shis dbyangs snyan bskul ba’i dri bzhon. In The Treasury of Revelations and Teachings of Mchog-gyur-bde-chen-glin-pa, Paro, Bhutan: Lama Pema Tashi, 1982-1986, vol. 39, 15-52.
  • Padma ye shes. Gter chen mchog gyur gling pa’i thun mong phyi’i rnam thar bkra shis skye ba lnga pa’i dbyangs snyan. In The Treasury of Revelations and Teachings of Mchog-gyur-bde-chen-glin-pa, Paro, Bhutan: Lama Pema Tashi, 1982-1986, vol. 39, 81-153.
  • Padma ye shes. Rje gter chen bla ma dbus phebs skor gyi lam yig mdor bsdus bkra shis dpyid kyi rgyal mo’i dbyangs snyan. In The Treasury of Revelations and Teachings of Mchog-gyur-bde-chen-glin-pa, Paro, Bhutan: Lama Pema Tashi, 1982-1986, vol. 39, 155-184.

Source: Alexander Gardner, “Chokgyur Lingpa,” Treasury of Lives, accessed June 19, 2018, http://treasuryoflives.org/biographies/view/Chokgyur-Lingpa/8181.

 


 

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  1. Samfoonheei on Sep 11, 2020 at 2:45 pm

    Chokgyur Lingpa was the final reincarnation of Prince Murub Tsenpo, second son of the Dharma king Trisong Detsen. He was a regarded as one of the major treasure revealer in Tibetan history. Chokgyur Lingpa was someone who the majority of masters accepted upon simply hearing his name and connecting with his teachings. Interesting read of how he travelled tremendously to hunt for treasures. Together with these Dharma treasures he also revealed sacred substances and innumerable most amazing representations of Body, speech, and mind. He was an unprecedented lord of a treasury of secrets.
    Thank you for this sharing.

  2. Samfoonheei on Dec 31, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    Chokgyur Lingpa was a Tibetan monk and treasure revealer, is regarded as one of the major treasure revealer in Tibetan history. As a youth, Chokgyur Lingpa through the vision of Guru Padmasambhava discovered amazing treasures or termas which is called. Guru Padmasambhava had predicted that he would remain unrecognized and unknown until the age of twenty-five. True enough in the later years he discovered many important ancient texts or termas. Incredible his termas are widely practiced by both the Kagyu and Nyingma schools as to this day. Some of those termas were kept in monasteries. With the discovering of many other amazing treasures or termas , leading him to be recognised and known by the people. His attendants and disciples soon increased. Many miraculous and auspicious sign appeared during those discoveries. Chokgyur Lingpa as a great lama in his later years, giving teachings , performing ceremonies, empowerments and reading transmissions as he traveled tremendously .Not only that more discoveries of termas along the way he goes. By then everyone considered him Guru Rinpoche in person and as he brought great benefit to others.
    Very interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

  3. Samfoonheei on Sep 29, 2018 at 8:27 am

    Chokgyur Lingpa was born at in Nangchen . He was said to be the reincarnation of Prince Murub Tsenpo, second son of the Dharma king Trisong Detsen. At a young age he did received numerous teachings and met several lamas. He was a treasure revealer and contemporary of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and Jamgon Kongtrul. Regarded as one of the major tertöns in Tibetan history. Very interesting life stories of a great treasure extractor during his life. Together with Khyentse Wangpo they had extracted many treasures and performed various rites to consecrate the places, including feast offerings and purifications. Chokgyur Lingpa revealed further treasure, which he displayed to the crowd, and gave a public empowerment ceremony. He was considered as one of the most prolific treasure revealers of the nineteenth century.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting post of a great master.

  4. Anne Ong on Jun 29, 2018 at 10:07 pm

    Quite an interesting write up, but a bit complicated to understand what is it about? What is the treasure casket and Buddha attributes? Thank you Rinpoche and writers for sharing this article.?

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    Reincarnation is the philosophical or religious belief that the non-physical essence of a living being starts a new life in a different physical form or body after biological death. The major religions in Asia hold a belief in reincarnation, especially Hinduism, Buddhism ,Jainism, and Sikhism accept that the reincarnation of a being depends on the past karma and merit accumulated. Reading this interesting blog, we get to understand better, we could look around in our friends or family members for signs that show us evidence of reincarnation. Interesting to know about these unusual signs of reincarnation as mentioned in this blog.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/interesting-signs-of-reincarnation.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Nov 21. 2020 03:45 PM
    That’s great with the discovery of a massive 2,600 year old Buddhist Monastery in Mes Aynak, Afghanistan. Mes Aynak contains Afghanistan’s largest copper deposit, as well as the remains of an ancient settlement with over 400 Buddha statues. This archaeological site is located at the world’s second-largest unexploited copper mine. Sadly because of the Afghanistan an Islamic government in no way interested in Buddhism, had given Afghani archeologists three years to excavate and soon it will be destroyed. Some believe future discoveries at the site could have the potential to redefine the history of Afghanistan and even the history of Buddhism itself. This site is an outstanding and complex archaeological landscape, with astounding quality of preservation. Well even the archaeological evidence points to civilizations in the area flourishing as early as the 3rd century BCE. This is an old post, all these ancient Buddhist site were destroyed by now….Sad. Interesting read. Looking at those beautiful rare pictures of the discoveries tell all.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/massive-2600-year-old-buddhist-monastery.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Nov 21. 2020 03:44 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this wonderful story…..The “Story of Buddha with Sick Man”. A good example for us to follow nor matter what happened or whom , we are to help each other and have compassion for all even its our enemies. Helping, supporting and taking care of each other is important in our Dharma practice. Having a perfect human body in this life, we have to live wisely and be grateful , learn and practice Dharma as life is short. We only live once, living harmoniously and peaceful will change the environment for us all to work and benefit more people in our spiritual practice. Harmony is the practice of the Sangha. If we have harmony, we have happiness. We don’t need to be perfect…..quoted.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/a-story-of-buddha-with-sick-man.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Nov 21. 2020 03:43 PM
    Buddhism has a long history in Indonesia, is the second oldest religion in Indonesia after Hinduism, which arrived from India around the second century. Reading this post reveal Indonesia has a rich and intricate history intertwined with colonialism and nationalism. The history of Buddhism in Indonesia is closely related to the history of Hinduism. Buddhists make up a small fraction of the population in the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation. As a number of empires influenced by Indian culture were established around the early 1st century. Many Buddhist temples were built and Buddhist texts were inscribed on the stones tablets. A number of Buddhist historical heritages such as the 8th century Borobudur mandala monument, ancient temples and numerous of statues or inscriptions were found in Indonesia tells us more about the earlier history of Indonesian Hindu-Buddhist kingdoms. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Valencia for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/the-buddhist-kingdoms-of-indonesia.html
  • sarassitham
    Friday, Nov 20. 2020 09:44 PM
    As cars have become one of the most significant aspects in the modern life, that’s a great idea, for all of us to invite Buddha statue in our car for protection and blessing.

    As we believe that laying eyes on a Buddha statues suppose to bring peace, harmony, happiness, blessing and protection. Besides, having Buddha statue in car does not just bring positivity to the owner but it may also benefit others who travel together.

    Thank you for your skillful sharing of dharma.

    https://bit.ly/2ULgMWw

  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Nov 20. 2020 02:20 PM
    Merely seeing Buddha images will definitely leave us an imprint in our mind stream. As advice by our Lama Tsem Rinpoche it is extremely important to go on pilgrimage to visit holy places and see sacred images of the Buddhas. I am fortunate to visit pilgrimage sites with friends , seeing is believing looking at some of the beautiful scared images of Buddha. To meet Rinpoche and practice Dharma on line in this life time, is a fortune for me. Well we have to learn and practice Buddha Dharma now, before its too late, create the causes for this life and future life to come and able to meet Maitreya the next Buddha to come. Interesting read about the next Buddha Maitreya.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this important sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-buddha-to-come-the-future-buddha.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Nov 20. 2020 02:18 PM
    A rescued dog name Star survived after been buried a life. Sad reading this old post , the poor dog had to undergo all the sufferings, cannot imagine what had the dog done wrong . Been abused, all four limbs tied together and even shot with a pellet gun. Not only that the someone who is so cruel buried that suffering dog in mud. Looking at the picture tells all. It really heartfelt to see that condition.
    Glad that Star was rescued and under gone emergency surgery to have those pellets removed. Miraculously Star survived whose horrific tale of torture on the island of Malta made international headlines. It had caused an uproar in Malta and led to calls for the country to revise its animal cruelty laws. Miracle, the dog who is fighting for her life after being left for dead, has recovered so well from her injuries and trauma . But sadly Star passed away somehow after been adopted to a family.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/do-you-know-what-happened-to-star-read.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Nov 20. 2020 02:16 PM
    Colorectal cancer starts in the colon or the rectum also known as bowel cancer, colon cancer, or rectal cancer. The majority of cancers develop from precancerous polyps but all polys are then cancerous . Consumption of animal products is likely to cause colorectal cancer. Researchers had proven that the frequent consumption is a risk factor for colorectal cancer. Foods such as chicken, red meat, fat-rich foods for example cheese, preserved meats, such as cured ham, hot dogs, bacon salami and so forth. The best choice is go meatless or vegetarian . Taking the meat or whatever so off from our menu list . I have seen how the colorectal cancer cells look like and how those patients suffered deadly . Is good to know all these information and be a vegetarian or meatless before its too late. Saving lives of those animals too is much appreciated.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing to bring awareness of these deadly cancer.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/everyone-must-read-this.html
  • S.Prathap
    Friday, Nov 20. 2020 01:49 PM
    A lot of people give a lot of excuses for themselves for not going after their dreams because they are afraid that they will fail. Form Rose story, it really inspire me that if we really put our effort to do it, we can achieved it regardless what’s your age.

    Rose already 87 years old but still doing what she want. I will remember this ” Obstacles are only obstacles when we allow them to be obstacles. Obstacles are in the mind and created by the mind.


    https://bit.ly/396RZnY
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Nov 19. 2020 01:21 PM
    Miyolangsangma is the Tibetan Buddhist goddess who lives at the top of Mount Everest. Many climbers seek her help at the traditional stupa in which a Buddhist Lama will prays for them and they go through certain ceremonies. The Sherpas and Tibetans do strongly believe that Mount Everest is the abode of the goddess Jomo Miyolangsangma. Hence they will perform religious ceremonies such as the hanging of prayer flags and other rituals for protection. Interesting legend it seem that Miyolangsangma’s benevolence and blessing that Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay made their way safely to the summit. To this days the tradition continues where Sherpa Buddhist monks will give blessings to both climbers and Sherpas before they attempt to climb Mount Everest. That’s wonderful.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/miyolangsangma-the-goddess-of-inexhaustible-giving.html?fbclid=IwAR1YjyMa7MXpcffx9VgzmER5kXEW9tBI0SU9uDD8yy6W5LWV1LxlBvky-X8
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Nov 17. 2020 03:07 PM
    Herbs are plants with fragrant or aromatic properties. Herbs can be used to flavour food, included in fragrances. Some herbs are part of natural medicines when consumed. Herbs are used by different cultures all over the world for recovery and good health. Consuming herbs helps to prevent and manage health related diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Very beneficial in long run as it may also help to reduce blood clots and provide anti-inflammatory and anti-tumour properties. Herbs are rich in antioxidants, especially cloves, cinnamon, sage, to name a few by helping to reduce low-density lipoproteins which is called ‘bad’ cholesterol. Researchers had studied that fresh herbs contain higher antioxidant levels compared to processed or dried herbs. Amazing they do have such a wonderful properties. There are many ways to use those herbs in our cooking to flavour a dish or as decoration or some sort. In healing and medicinal applications, for cleansing and purifying the environment and even for religious and spiritual use . Well good to know the above herbs as mentioned .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/herbs-used-to-purify-the-environment.html

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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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    Our Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir speaks so well, logically and regarding our country’s collaboration with China for growth. It is refreshing to listen to Dr. Mahathir’s thoughts. He said our country can look to China for many more things such as technology and so on. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
    2 yearss ago
    This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
  • Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
    2 yearss ago
    Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
  • This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
    2 yearss ago
    Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
  • These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
    2 yearss ago
    Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
  • Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
    2 yearss ago
    Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
  • Beautiful
    2 yearss ago
    Beautiful
    Beautiful sacred Severed Head Vajra Yogini from Tsem Rinpoche's personal shrine.
  • My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
    2 yearss ago
    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    2 yearss ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
    2 yearss ago
    Cute!
    Oser girl loves the balcony so much. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoWpKJm2c
  • Uncle Wong
    2 yearss ago
    Uncle Wong
    We were told by Uncle Wong he is very faithful toward Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden has extended help to him on several occasions and now Uncle Wong comes daily to make incense offerings to Dorje Shugden. He is grateful towards the help he was given.
  • Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
    2 yearss ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
    2 yearss ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
  • Nice cups from Kechara!!
    2 yearss ago
    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    2 yearss ago
    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Chirping birds and other forest animals create a joyful melody at the Vajrayogini stupa in Kechara Forest Retreat (Bentong, Malaysia).
  • This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    3 yearss ago
    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    This video is thought-provoking and very interesting. Watch! Thanks so much to our friends at LIVEKINDLY.
  • Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
    3 yearss ago
    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
  • BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
    3 yearss ago
    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
    3 yearss ago
    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
  • Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
    3 yearss ago
    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 yearss ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    3 yearss ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
    3 yearss ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    3 yearss ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
    3 yearss ago
    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
  • Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
    3 yearss ago
    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 yearss ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    3 yearss ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    3 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    3 yearss ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 days ago
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 days ago
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 days ago
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
5 days ago
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 month ago
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Fwd: Dear Sotha
2 months ago
Fwd: Dear Sotha
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
2 months ago
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
3 months ago
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families  ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
3 months ago
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
3 months ago
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 months ago
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
5 months ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
6 months ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
6 months ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
6 months ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
6 months ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
6 months ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
6 months ago
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
7 months ago
Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
8 months ago
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
8 months ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
8 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
8 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
8 months ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
8 months ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
8 months ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
8 months ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
8 months ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
8 months ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
8 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
8 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
8 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
8 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
8 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
8 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
8 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
8 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
8 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
8 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
8 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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